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Getting to Belfast

Getting to Belfast couldn’t be easier. We’ve got two airports, sea crossings from Scotland and England and a direct rail link from Dublin.

You can fly direct to Belfast from over twenty European cities and a number of North American locations. You can also fly to Dublin and take the Aircoach to Belfast – the coach stops outside the Europa Hotel.

By Air: George Best Belfast City Airport. The airport is situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Please check for flight information. Belfast International Airport Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. Please check for flight information.

Getting to and from our airports

George Best Belfast City Airport is situated just three miles east of the city centre. A taxi costs approximately £10 and there’s also a shuttle bus service to the city centre every 20 minutes at £3 return.

Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes drive via the M2 Motorway. The Airbus service runs every 15 minutes between the Airport and Belfast city centre (£12 return) and a taxi costs £30.

Airport Transfers Value Cabs
Telephone +44 (0)28 7126 9996 +44 (0)28 9080 9080

By Bus/Coach Aircoach operates from and to Dublin Airport with a journey time of approximately 2 hours.

By Sea

Belfast is easily accessed by sea with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by state of the art superfast ferries with journey times from just 2 hours 15 minutes. Operators and travel times vary. Please check out Stena Line, P&O Irish Sea and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for travel options.

By Rail

An Enterprise service runs 8 times daily (5 times on Sundays) from Belfast to Dublin. The journey time is approximately 2 hours. T: 028 9089 9409.

By Road from Dublin

From Dublin Airport, the M1 Motorway is well signposted for Belfast; this is a toll road and there is one Toll Plaza about 31 km from Dublin Airport. Continue on this Motorway signposted for Belfast. After passing the City of Newry, the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1) and Motorway regulations fall away. At the Sprucefield roundabout (approximately 137 km from Dublin Airport) the A1 joins the M1 motorway (sign-posted The North, Belfast). Once within the Greater Belfast area the signs will display as City Centre. At Grosvenor Road Junction (approximately 152 km) leave the motorway and follow signs City Centre onto the B38.

There are strict legal limits on the number of people who can travel in a car, taxi and bus. All passengers in a car and taxi are required by law to wear a seat belt. Failure to do so could result in a fixed penalty fine of £50.

Car hire

The organisers recommend that you do not hire a car for the period of the convention. As the Convention Centre is in the heart of the city car parking is limited and very expensive. All recommended hotels are either within a short walking distance of the Convention Center or a short taxi/bus journey.

General Information

We’ve put together some useful information and advice when planning your trip and to help you make the most of your stay Belfast.


The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would in particular draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.


Belfast weather is relatively mild even in the winter with average temperatures ranging from 19ºC in the summer to 2ºC in the winter. Like most UK cities, the weather can be changeable so always best to be prepared and pack your umbrella and layers should you need them.

Dialling codes

The international dialing code for Northern Ireland is 00 44 28 and the area code for Belfast is 90.

The number for the emergency services is 999 and this will connect you to the police, fire, ambulance, lifeboat and mountain rescue services.

Directory enquiries can be accessed by calling 118 500 or you can use online services for free such as to search for contact details of local businesses and amenities.

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With a professional fleet of over 600 vehicles and a wide range of transportation services available, Belfast’s official taxi company is Value Cabs. Debit/credit card payment is available in every vehicle and bookings can be made by dialing 028 9080 9080. Further information can be found at


The currency used in Northern Ireland is sterling (£) but some shops do accept euro. Most banks are open on 9am–5pm Monday to Friday and all major credit and debit cards are widely accepted throughout the city.

Foreign exchange facilities are available in the Belfast welcome centre, our tourist information centre.


Most shops in the city are open on the following times:

  • Monday-Tuesday 9am–7pm
  • Wednesday-Friday 9am–9pm
  • Saturday 9am–6pm
  • Sunday 1pm–6pm

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